Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!

Former Digital Editor at the Texas Observer, looking for work. GLAAD Media Award and National Magazine Award-nominated editor and journalist. Friend to cats.

This is my serious work account. Follow my personal account @kitoconnell

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'This year, I am truly done laughing. I used to abide this shit, but to be honest, I really can’t do it, anymore. I’ve read and I’ve lived through enough horrible history to understand this terrible truth: Polite hate is the most dangerous kind of hate. It loads the gun, then just backs away quietly.'

Wishing All the Homophobes a Super Uncomfortable Month
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(CW: Pulse Nightclub Shooting)

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1 day ago
Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!
oconnell@federate.social

This is a fairly sober roadmap of what we might expect from a second administration...

Trump on Rights: Rolling Back Protections and Criminalizing Gender Nonconformity | ACLU
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1 day ago
Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!
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Deceleration has an excellent analysis of the danger posed by environmental groups laundering anti- talking points into leftist spaces. Very worth reading: deceleration.news/2024/06/13/a

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1 day ago
Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!
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Out today: “We can’t and won’t let hate win.”

In my latest for
Free Press, the organizers of a popular brunch are working to reschedule as soon as possible, in defiance of a bomb threat which shut down their event on Sunday.

Here's how the + community reacted: austinfreepress.org/queens-gam

2 days ago
Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!
oconnell@federate.social

I'm doing some part-time social media work with Spending Spotlight, a new organization that offers consumers easy switches they can make to send a message on certain causes. Boycotts aren't everything, but they can send a message, and I like the easy interface of their site.

They've started during month with switches you can make to avoid having your money support anti- + politicians. Check out spendingspotlight.org

4 days ago
Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!
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Over the weekend, it appears there were numerous bomb threats against events, from Alaska to .

I'm working on a longer story about the incident for Austin Free Press. I believe that this article catches some, but not all of the reports from the past weekend.

(Edit: My new Austin report: austinfreepress.org/queens-gam )

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4 days ago
Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!
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New today, from me at Free Press: An ongoing dispute over when, and how long the public are allowed to speak at city meetings continues, despite a recently adopted ordinance giving everyone more time.

Austin has a long history of passionate public speaking at city council meetings, including an infamous all-night meeting to save the Barton Springs aquifer. The piece digs into the history and current state of free speech: austinfreepress.org/overtime-a

4 days ago
Mx. Kit O'Connell—Hire me!
oconnell@federate.social

Improvements to 's transit infrastructure have made it more attractive for fans both local and international. The Copa America soccer tournament and the Major League Soccer All-Star game are coming to our city, partly thanks to improvements to .

For Austin Free Press, I rode the train and investigated the surge in ridership around the stadium:
austinfreepress.org/transit-go

June 06, 2024